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The Recycled Candle Company

The UK's only wax recycling business (and probably the world), these eco-minded guys save 40 tonnes of wax from landfill annually with their beautiful handmade candles.

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Cushions plumped,  table ‘scaped, wine poured…if your perfect home setting is not complete without lighting a candle then it’s time to get The Recycled Candle Company on your radar.

Located on Gandy Street just off Exeter’s high street, Richard Hills-Ingyon and Sargon Latchin, the founders of this clever indie candle business are doing something totally unique. They’re the only wax recycling business in the UK, creating deliciously scented candles by taking in customers’ burnt-out bits of wax and magically transforming them into their own curated range. That’s 40 tonnes of wax kept out of landfill every year. One question they get asked a lot is do they recycle tea lights? The answer is a resounding yes, with the wax re-used and the aluminium cases sent for recycling.

Having opened their first shop in Ottery St Mary in 2017, they moved to the city-centre location premises in 2019. Here they sort and grade the candle donations, melting and filtering the wax, adding bespoke fragrances from a UK-based French perfumer, and selling them in their shop, wholesale and online with a Candle Club for aficionados offering rewards and perks.

They’ve won a raft of awards, including Exeter Living Awards Retailer 2021, International Green Apple Awards 2021 for Sustainable Development and Home Fragrance in Gift of the Year Awards 2019.

Needless to say, Richard and Sargon are passionate about the environment but that doesn’t stop them investing in other issues close to their hearts. 10% of all sales of their heart-shaped rainbow Pride candles go to LGBTQI charities, and 10% of sales of their Home Sweet Home candle support the Missing People charity.

Fancy having a go yourself? Book in for one of their regular workshops, where you can learn how to make candles yourself at home safely while discovering how they make their own award-winning candles and fragrances.

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16 Gandy Street, Exeter, Devon EX4 3LS

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